Men’s Golf Ready For Fall’s Final Event
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State men’s golf team will conclude its four-tournament fall season Monday and Tuesday at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational in Fairfax, Calif.
In the previous three fall events, the Beavers tied for fourth at Golfweek’s Conference Challenge and finished seventh at both the Husky Invitational and Itani Quality Homes Collegiate.
FIELD (16): Oregon State, Arizona State, BYU, California, Colorado, Hawai’i, Michigan, Minnesota, Pepperdine, Princeton, San Diego State, San Francisco, San Jose State, Saint Mary’s, UC Davis and Washington State.
COURSE: The tournament will be held at the par-71, 6,734-yard Meadow Club.
FORMAT: Two-day, 54-hole tournament with 36 holes of continuous play on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday. The top-four individuals from each five-member team with the lowest scores for each 18-hole round constitute the scoring members for that given round.
TEE TIMES: There will be a shotgun start at 8:15 a.m. on Monday and tee times off the first and 10th holes beginning at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday.
LIVE SCORING: There will be live scoring on golfstat.com.
LAST TIME OUT: Alex Franklin notched the fourth top-10 finish of his Oregon State to help the Beavers finish in seventh place at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate two weeks ago.
Franklin persevered through windy and cold conditions to card a 3-over 73 in the final round of the two-day, 54-hole tournament and finish in a tie for seventh place in the 75-player field with a 2-under 67-68-73--208. It’s his second top-10 finish in three events this fall and fourth overall after recording two last season.
As a team, Oregon State moved up a spot after Monday’s 36 holes to finish in seventh place with an 8-over 284-273-291--848 at Washington State’s par-70, 7,308-yard Palouse Ridge Golf Club. Oregon and USC were tied through 54 holes, but the Ducks took home the team title by winning the first playoff hole.
Tyler Carlson and Jonas Liebich both shot a 2-over 72 in the final round with each of them dropping two birdies, two bogeys and a double. Carlson finished in a tie for 19th place, to equal his best career finish as a Beaver, with a 1-over 70-69-72--211, while Liebich moved up 13 spots into a tie for 30th place with a 4-over 73-69-72--214.
With winds blowing as hard as 20-25 miles per hour, Franklin still carded four birdies and had nothing worse than a bogey to fire a 73 on a day only two players shot a sub-par round. Franklin finished in a tie for ninth at the fall’s first event, Golfweek’s Conference Challenge, and had finishes of tied for seventh (Husky Invitational) and seventh (Mark Simpson Invitational) in his first two tournaments a year ago after transferring to Oregon State.
Tyler Collier shot a 6-over 74-67-75--216 to finish in a tie for 39th and Conner Kumpula, who returned to the lineup after missing the Husky Invitational with an injury, posted a 9-over 75-70-74--219 for a tie for 47th place.
Four Oregon State players participated as individuals and their results are: t23. Kevin Murphy 71-70-71--212 (+2); t42. Scott Kim 72-72-73--217 (+7); t55. Brian Jung 74-69-77--220 (+10); t55. Chris Tedesco 70-70-80--220 (+10).
LAST TIME AT THE ALISTER MacKENZIE INVITATIONAL: Oregon State posted its best score of the fall season, an 8-under 280, in the final round of the Alister MacKenzie Invitational last year to finish in third place, and David Fink had one of the best three-round scores in school history to finish second overall.
The Beavers started the final round of the two-day, 54-hole tournament in a tie for sixth place but skyrocketed up the leaderboard to finish in third place in the 16-team field with a 14-under 287-283-280--850 It equaled the ninth-lowest three-round score in Oregon State history (27-under 825 at this event in 2010 is the all-time record).
It was the third time in four fall events the Beavers finished third after doing so at the Kikkor Husky Invitational and Mark Simpson Invitational last September. Oregon State finished seventh at its other fall event, the Erin Hills Intercollegiate, earlier in the month.
California won the tournament for the fifth consecutive year, posting a ridiculous 39-under 825 to finish 17 strokes better than second-place UC Davis (17-under 847). BYU and Arizona State rounded out the top five as the schools tied for fourth with a 13-under 851.
Fink was sensational all three rounds as he finished with a career-best three-round score of 12-under 69-67-68--204. The 12 under equals the third-lowest score in Oregon State history, tying him with James Allenby and just one stroke behind Jonathan Green and two off the school record by Vincent Johnson.
Fink finished second behind Joel Stalter of California, who was a stroke better with a 13-under 64-69-70--203. It was the third time Fink finished second after doing so twice the previous season in his outstanding junior campaign that earned him All-Pac-12 and PING All-Region honors.
Fink dominated the par-72, 7,103-yard Sonoma Golf Club with 17 birdies, which tied him with Stalter for the most in the field, and nothing worse than a bogey -- and just five of those -- over the three rounds. He was first in par-4 scoring at 3.77 and tied for third in par-5 scoring with a 4.33.
Alex Franklin matched Fink with a 4-under 68 in the final round, which included a hole out for eagle on the par-4 12th, while junior Scott Kim and Kevin Murphy each carded an even-par 72 on Tuesday to make up the Beavers’ 8-under final round.
The spectacular third-round score moved Franklin 22 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 22nd place with a 1-under 73-74-68--215 to equal Murphy, who also finished in a tie for 22nd finished with a steady 1-under 71-72-72--215.
Kim finished in a tie for 34th place with a 1-over 74-71-72--217 and Kevin Chen was tied for 64th in his second collegiate event with a 9-over 76-73-76--225.
The Beavers won the Alister MacKenzie Invitational back in 2004 with a 4-under 848.